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4CD Set, 32 page booklet. — In 1950, after a year on tour with Dizzy Gillespie's band, Yusef Lateef returned to Detroit, the city where he had grown up as a jazz musician. With his powerfully preaching tenor sax tone and fl... more »
4CD Set, 32 page booklet.
In 1950, after a year on tour with Dizzy Gillespie's band, Yusef Lateef returned to Detroit, the city where he had grown up as a jazz musician. With his powerfully preaching tenor sax tone and fluent, driving style he established himself as an influential presence in the Motor City scene, forming his own quintet in 1955. He made his first recordings as a leader in 1957, a productive year for him, as this gripping 4-CD set reveals. On it he plays tenor and flute with a compelling directness and overpowering honesty, surrounded by a nucleus of Detroiters like Curtis Fuller, Ernie Farrow, Louis Hayes, Oliver Jackson, Wilbur Harden and, especially, Hugh Lawson, whose rolling, two-handed piano is as exciting in solo as it is in his intelligent comping. The entire group plays in inspired fashion, speaking authoritatively for the Detroit jazz scene.
Simply the finest Yusef collection available
John J. Aslanian | Boston, Mass | 01/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The level of exploration and talent contained in these discs is an audible explanation for the career of Yusef Lateef in the subsequent 50 years. All the answers are within. This is the music of a master whose style and creativity is instantly recognizable. This is the pre-Motown Detroit sound, and Fuller, Hayes, Lawson, etc... play with the consistent output of a sturdy diesel.
These are the first recorded sessions with Yusef as band leader. The sessions were originally split up into eight albums (Jazz Mood, Stable Mates, Other Sounds, Prayer to the East, etc...) but are released here as recorded. The released albums spliced up the recording dates, but here the evolution of the Yusef sound can be heard culminating with the final disc [including the 'Other Sounds' tracks] as a worthy finale.
Purchasing this set is one of the finest investments one can make - not for jazz nor music, but for sanity. It's that good."